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Cuculus rochii (Madagascar cuckoo) 

Madagaskarkoekoek [Afrikaans]; Madagaskarkoekoek [Dutch]; Coucou de Madagascar [French]; Madagaskar-kuckuck [German]; Cuco-malgaxe [Portuguese]

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Cuculus rochii (Madagascar cuckoo)   

Madagascar cuckoo. [photo Jean-Michel Fenerole ]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds across much of Madagascar, heading west in the non-breeding season to eastern and central Africa, from Uganda and Kenya south through Tanzania, eastern Zambia and DRC, Malawi and southern Africa. It is a vagrant to central Mozambique and adjacent Zimbabwe, generally preferring forest and woodland, such as Acacia savanna.

Distribution of Madagascar cuckoo in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project ( Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).

Movements and migrations

Present in mainland Africa from April-September.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.